TV Mini-Series | PG | | Drama
Ten years within the marriage of Marianne and Johan.
Bergman's original version of this (a close to five hour TV series) was a huge hit on Swedish television. It was always the director's intent to reach a mass audience but he was staggered by the reaction that it generated. He would find himself frequently accosted in the street by bickering couples, desperate for advice. Eventually, he had to change his phone number to escape from a constant barrage of entreaties.
Sometimes it's like husband and wife are talking on telephones that are out of order.
The end credits aren't shown on-screen but read by director and writer Ingmar Bergman, while "a beautiful picture of Fårö" is shown (different for each episode). Bergman himself is not credited at all.
A 299 minute version is featured on a 3-disc Criterion Collection DVD, released in 2004.
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